Introducing Guest Blogger Kevin Johnson

johnsonIt is my great pleasure to introduce Dean Kevin R. Johnson, who will be guest blogging with us this July. Johnson is Dean of the School of Law, and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Davis and is a leading immigration, civil rights, and critical race theory scholar. His book, How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man’s Search for Identity (1999), was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Dean Johnson has also published Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Litigating for Social Change (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2009) (with Catherine A. Rogers & John Valery White); Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws (2007); The “Huddled Masses” Myth Immigration and Civil Rights (2004); Race, Civil Rights, and American Law: A Multiracial Approach (2002); and Mixed Race America and the Law: A Reader (2002), as well as numerous articles on immigration, civil rights, and racial identity.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Dean Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Clyde Ferguson Award of the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools (2004), Latino Professor of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association (2006), and 2008 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year. In 2003, Johnson was elected to the American Law Institute. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of Legal Services of Northern California and serves on the board of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is co-editor of the ImmigrationProf blog.

Dean Johnson has written more than 50 law review articles. Select recent publications include:

The Devastating Impact of the Initiative Process on Latina/o and Immigrant Communities, 96 California Law Review (forthcoming 2008) (symposium).

The Story of Whren v. United States: The Song Remains the Same, in Race and Law Stories, (Devon Carbado & Rachel F. Moran, editors, Foundation Press, 2008).

Taking the “Garbage” Out in Tulia: Racial Profiling and the Taboo on Black/White Romance in the “War on Drugs”, 2007 Wisconsin Law Review 239 (symposium).

The Legacy of Jim Crow: The Enduring Taboo of Black-White Romance, 84 Texas Law Review 739 (2006).

Cry Me a River: The Limits of A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools, 7 African-American Law and Policy Report (UC Berkeley-Boalt Hall) 1 (2005).

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